Two sermons: In Armenian - On the gift of humility as expressed by Jesus Christ; in English (at minute13:05) on St. Andrew, the First Called Disciple. Sermon delivered by Fr. Vazken Movsesian on November 13, 2011 and recorded LIVE at the St. Peter Armenian Church and Youth Ministries Center. Reader: Shahan Der Bedrossian (English sermon begins at minute 13:05) Produced by Suzie Shatarevyan for Epostle.net We invite you to explore Epostle.net, where you’ll find similar sermons, podcasts, Bible... Topics: St. Andrew, Humility, Jesus Christ, First Called
Independence Day is a fitting time to look at our freedoms through the lens of Armenian Orthodoxy. What has been the strength of the Armenian people to survive? Where does this spirituality come from? Christ releases us of our bonds and gives us the true freedom – His Love. God has given us the most beautiful gift, the ability to create by tapping into the power of love. In this podcast Fr. Vazken explores the ideas of freedom, independence, and creativity. Topics: freedom, creativity, independence, armenian orthodoxy
2010 - Paregentan and Diaruntarch come together on one day. Sermon by Fr. Vazken Movsesian about the Lenten period of discipline. Recorded LIVE at the Youth Ministries Center in Glendale on February 14, 2010. Armenian Language. Topics: Day of Good Living, Presentation of the Lord to the Temple, Lent
Next Step #191 - February 2, 2012 - The Church comes alive as it lives its mission in creating awareness for Domestic Violence and a shelter for the abused. Religion meets relevance, as Fr. Vazken takes the discussion from the Groundhog's Day, to Diaruntarach to purity. Can you preach what you don't believe? Then, how can Christians light a candle, pray to pictures and close their eyes to abused women and hungry children? Add some dessert to the cafeteria menus of religion in this one.... Topics: Domestic Violence, Groundhog Day, Diaruntarach, purity, Christian
Transfiguration of Jesus Christ - Part 1 of 2 - on Focus and the Light - as prelude to the Feast Day (Matthew 17). Sermon preached and recorded LIVE at the Armenian Church Youth Ministries' Center, Glendale, CA by Fr. Vazken Movsesian on 24 July 2011. (English language portion begins at Minute 13:40) Produced by Suzie Shatarevyan for Epostle.net We invite you to explore Epostle.net, where you’ll find similar sermons, podcasts, Bible studies, and webcasts to inspire you spiritually. Topics: Transfiguration, Jesus Christ, Sermon, Armenian Church, Matthew 17
Next Step with Fr. Vazken #242 - January 24, 2013 - Been to the Mountain-top and back: the In His Shoes Mission celebrated the life and legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr at its 10th annual retreat. This transforming event is viewed from a few different vantage points as Fr Vazken reflects on the program. Guest: Linda Zadoian from Compass (www.epostle.net/#Compass). Unraveling the mysteries of a Black Baptist Preacher's message for the Armenian Orthodox Christian and the Armenian... Topics: In His Shoes, Martin Luther King Jr., Armenian Orthodox, Retreat, Patriarch of Jerusalem, President...
Next Step #52: Focus on the spirit this Pentecost, while the Spirit allows us to focus on life and love. A powerful message of finding the tie that binds all of our dreams and hopes. It’s the power of the Holy Spirit and it's unleashed when body, soul and mind work together. Unity of spirit is a chance to bring senses and extra-sensory experiences together to form our understanding of life. A bit esoteric, but Fr. Vazken goes through the steps with the listener. Guest: William Archila... Topics: Spirit, Pentecost, love, body, mind, soul, exile, Armenian Church
Next Step #136 - January 13, 2011 - The Feast of St. John the Forerunner, a revelatory day, when it all clicks and we arrive at Armodoxy. Declaring a Right to Revolution for the Church. Is Life, Liberty and Pursuit of Happiness the goal of religion? Does it define the sacredness of the Church? Is it Unity with God for the Christian? The New Diocesan TV show, “In Step with Christ” and the “Hell” graphic. Shooting in Arizona – looking at the destruction of humanity and the answer to... Topics: St John the Forerunner, life, liberty, happiness, Christ, Armodoxy, revolution, church
Next Step #64: Wrapping up a busy summer and looking ahead at the electronic ministry to come, Fr. Vazken details some of projects that were developed during his Sabbatical and new steps for the electronic vision. The passing of Ted Kennedy, gives cause for reflection – about him, yes, but even more, about us and religion. The recent decision of the 9th Circuit court and the Armenian Genocide – how to counter the blatant disregard for justice. Music: The Dance of the people of Trapizone,... Topics: electronic ministry, Ted Kennedy, religion, 9th Circuit, Armenian Genocide, justice, Armenian music
Celebrating Christmas before or after the New Year. Does it matter? To some yes, but from the Armenian Orthodox perspective, it's one of many trappings that skew us from the Truth. What about the Bible? Did it come from God? Dare we say that there are means to God beyond the Bible? And if so, what does that say about the truth of the Bible? Find out in this podcast which explains a bit more than the date of Christmas. Travel back in time to the first thoughts of religion and find out how fact... Topics: Christmas, Armenian Orthodoxy, truth v. fact, solstice, Fr. Vazken
Pre-Thanksgiving Sunday - Taking the Best from America especially the tradition of Thanksgiving. Delivered and recorded LIVE at the Armenian Church Youth Ministries Center, Glendale California on November 21, 2010. Language Armenian (part 1 of 2) We invite you to explore epostle.net, where you’ll find similar sermons, podcasts, Bible studies, and webcasts to inspire you spiritually. Topics: Thanksgiving, tradition, Armenian Church, Sermon
Next Step #61: Returning from a teaching trip in New York, Fr. Vazken reflects on many thoughts inspired by the Empire State. A cab ride to California could have made us miss the eclipse! But a quick stop at the Eastern Diocesan headquarters in Manhattan, a refreshing oasis at the St. Vartan park. St. Nersess Seminary and the wants/needs of the youth should not be missed. A look at the newly published “Armenian Church Edition” of the Holy Bible – and the NRSV translation. Can we do better... Topics: New York, Empire State Building, Eastern Diocese, Orthodox, Armenian Church, St. Nersess Seminary,...
Next Step #117: A Labor Day story with a twist toward purpose. Fortune Magazine identified him, Tom Monagham, and the Next Step follows him to the real fortune. George Clooney accepts an Emmy Award for Humanitarian work. His memory doesn’t fade with a reminder to us all to keep the spotlight on the issues that don't go away. Natural Disaster? Act of God? Who’s at fault? Song: "Cold Wagon" by Gor Mkhitarian: http://www.gormusic.com/ Childhood Cancer Awareness Month:... Topics: Labor Day, Fortune Magazine, Tom Monagham, George Clooney, Humanitarian work, Cancer Awareness...
Sermon on Matthew 19 – It’s much more about separation of the Heart from the Mind. Delivered and recorded LIVE at the Armenian Church Youth Ministries Center, Glendale, 25 July 2010. Language: Armenian We invite you to explore epostle.net, where you’ll find similar sermons, podcasts, Bible studies, and webcasts to inspire you spiritually. Topics: Matthew 19, Heart, Mind, Armenian Church, Sermon
Sermon- February 17, 2013 - Paradise lost is reviewed but not in the traditional Adam & Eve mythology but rather in the Armodox understanding. Important comments also about faith, the Church and the pagan practices of Diaruntarch. Sermon delivered and recorded LIVE at the St. Peter Armenian Church & Youth Ministries Center, Glendale, CA. Armenian language at beginning, English language sermon begins at Minute 13:12. Produced by Suzie Shatarevyan for Epostle.net We invite you to explore... Topics: Expulsion from paradise, Faith, Church, Pagan practices, sermon, Armenian Church
Next Step #55: Fathers Dreaming of Peace – A look at Fatherhood through St. Joseph’s lens. In this podcast, Fr. Vazken explores parenting by looking at an individual’s relationship with God – in our ability to dream of the impossible and allow others to do the same. What happens when Jon leaves Kate? And what about the eight? You’ll find this podcast with a formula for real peace, whether in your life or in our world. Darfuri children make a phone call to President Obama – are you... Topics: Dreams, Fatherhood, Peace, St. Joseph, Obama, Darfur, Our Father
Sermon on the Discovery of the Holy Cross - Kiud Khatch – “Accepting and Inviting the Cross in our Lives” Delivered and recorded LIVE at the Armenian Church Youth Ministries' Center, Glendale, CA 10/24/10 Language: Armenian We invite you to explore epostle.net, where you’ll find similar sermons, podcasts, Bible studies, and webcasts to inspire you spiritually. Topics: Holy Cross, Discovery, Sermon, Kiud Khatch
Next Step #208 - May 31, 2012 - Artificially inseminated women bringing their children for baptism? Continuing on discussions of same sex unions, the next step with the children. Finding better weapons to bring about peace. Is it possible? Here's a true story - Yvette's website. The Mormon dilemma of the evangelical right. Ani's Bubbles: Strength & Weakness Song: "As I am Alive" by Yeghish Manoukian (with Gregory Beylerian, dahm):... Topics: Artificial insemination, baptism, same sex unions, peace, Yvette Hakopian
Next Step with Fr. Vazken #241 - January 17, 2013 - Datev Outreach Coordinator, Anna Gasparian, is in studio for a briefing on a Christ-centered ministry to combat domestic violence through the Armenian Church. This all during a weekend which calls for societal change from the memory of Rev Dr. Martin Luther King Jr to President Barack Obama's second inaugural. Working to bring sanctity to the family in a holistic manner. Datev Outreach: http://datevoutreach.org Anush's Pomegrante Seeds -... Topics: Datev Outreach, Christ-centered ministry, Domestic Violence, Armenian Church, Dr. Martin Luther...
The feast of Varaka Khatch (Holy Cross of Varak) - Topic is Christ Centeredness and the reason to be in church. Sermon delivered by Fr. Vazken Movsesian on September 25, 2011. Recorded LIVE at the St. Peter Armenian Church and Youth Ministries Center. Language: Armenian and English begins at Time 13:30 Produced by Suzie Shatarevyan for Epostle.net We invite you to explore Epostle.net, where you’ll find similar sermons, podcasts, Bible studies, and webcasts to inspire you spiritually. Topics: Varaka Khatch, Holy Cross, Christ Centeredness, Armenian Church, Orthodox, Sermon
On the uses of wealth and the fool who built a bigger barn. Delivered and recorded LIVE at the Armenian Church Youth Ministries Center, Glendale California on November 28, 2010. Language English (part 2 of 2) We invite you to explore epostle.net, where you’ll find similar sermons, podcasts, Bible studies, and webcasts to inspire you spiritually. Topics: Wealth, Money, Fool, Gospel of St. Luke, Armenian Church, Sermon
Sermon on the Transfiguration of Jesus and the traditions of water and light. Delivered and recorded LIVE at the Armenian Church Youth Ministries in Glendale, California on July 11, 2010. Language: Armenian We invite you to explore epostle.net, where you’ll find similar sermons, podcasts, Bible studies, and webcasts to inspire you spiritually. Topics: Jesus Christ Transfiguration, Vartevar, Feast, Armenian Church, Sermon
Transfiguration of Jesus Christ - Armenian - Subject: Spiritual Intentions and the Divine Constant. Sermon preached and recorded LIVE at the Armenian Church Youth Ministries' Center, Glendale, CA by Fr. Vazken Movsesian on 31 July 2011. (English language portion begins at Minute 13:00) Produced by Suzie Shatarevyan for Epostle.net We invite you to explore Epostle.net, where you’ll find similar sermons, podcasts, Bible studies, and webcasts to inspire you spiritually. Topics: Transfiguration, Jesus Christ, Sermon, Armenian Church, Divine Constant, Spiritual Intentions
Next Step #181 - November 24, 2011 - A Thanksgiving episode that reveals the 'secret' of Armenian Orthodoxy. A parade opens this message of memories and leads to Thanksgiving "moments." Turning from victim mentality to victor through thanksgiving. A means of survival and growth. A special edition podcast recorded before the dawn. Thanksgiving with Gabriel in Darfur: http://www.stopgenocidenow.org/2011/11/truth-be-damned/ Greetings from One Genocide to Another:... Topics: Thanksgiving, Armenian, Orthodoxy, Victory, survival, growth, Darfur, Genocide
Next Step #26, 12/10/08 - on the Great Banquet, or WWJWFHB = (What would Jesus want for his Birthday?) The answer is given in scripture and in this podcast! Topics: advent, armenian church, orthodoxy, Fr. Vazken, Christmas, Christ, gift, giving
On the Holy Translators, Mesrob Mashdots to Shnorhali - how to make it real today. The "ridiculous' lesson of the Widows Offering. Sermon delivered by Fr. Vazken Movsesian on October 9, 2011. Recorded LIVE at the St. Peter Armenian Church and Youth Ministries Center. Reading by Madilyn Smith. English Sermon begins at minute 12:05. Produced by Suzie Shatarevyan for Epostle.net We invite you to explore Epostle.net, where you’ll find similar sermons, podcasts, Bible studies, and webcasts to... Topics: Holy Translators, Mesrob Mashdots, Nerses Shnorhali, Widows offering, Armenian Church
Next Step #138 - January 27, 2011 – Dr. Hratch Tchilingirian’s interview (Part 2 of 2) - discussing religion in general and the Armenian Church in particular. Topics include the Mission of the Armenian Church; How to accomplish the mission; Eastern (cf. Western) as the liberal form of Christianity; Spirituality vs. the Institutions; Relevancy in the Church; Customizing Religion to fit our lives; Complex world and the Simple message. Watch out Google, here’s a formula for advertising... Topics: Armenian Church, Dr. Hratch Tchilingirian, Religion, Spirituality, Church Mission, Christianity,...
Next Step #93: A very "Meaty" podcast for the Lenten Season. Exploring the Second Coming of Christ - the Armodoxy way! A clip from the televangelist's infomercial will make you believe you’ve tuned in to Saturday Night Live. But don’t despair – there is hope on the horizon – not for $39.95, not even for two payments of $19.95. More on Women in the Church as a listener shares her frustration and Fr. Vazken calls for a serious look at participation in the Armenian Church. Links:... Topics: Second Coming of Christ, Women in the Church, Armenian Church, Armodoxy
Next Step #125: Putting the Saints back into Halloween. Nothing to fear unless you’re peddling religion to children. Didn’t we say religion is not for kids! We find Patriarch Kyrll and Pope Benedict on the same page? In His Shoes hits the $ 500,000 mark to aid children of Genocide. Religion in the World: Pew Research - http://pewforum.org/uploadedFiles/Topics/Belief_and_Practices/religious-knowledge-full-report.pdf; The quiz:... Topics: Halloween, Saints, Religion, In His Shoes, Patriarch Kyrll, Pope Benedict, Genocide, Nicholas...
New Response to the Armenian Genocide - "Let the Dead Bury the Dead" - Today the Armenian People Live! Fr. Vazken lays out the plan for a solid response to the most heinous crime in History. Also, a prelude to the Famine. Sermon delivered and recorded LIVE on 04/18/10 at the Armenian Church Youth Ministries Center, Glendale, CA. Language: Armenian Topics: Armenian Genocide, Crime, Famine, sermon, Armenian Church
Next Step #128: Melding East and West is not a melt-down but certainly avoids the collision; Building identity the Armodoxy way; Jehovah Witness teens come to the door; St. Apkar the first king – a unique name indeed, especially for an Armenian Church – and this weekend is St. Andrew’s feast; The Advent Season is explained as a time of preparation with an “In His Shoes” challenge for listeners. A return from the desert and a different look at St. Mary:... Topics: St. Mary, St. Apkar, St. Andrew, Thanksgiving, East/West, Armenian Church
Called to Christ - Witnessing with Holy Communion; Juan Williams fired for stating his fears; Christianity today. Delivered and recorded LIVE on the feast of the Discovery of the Holy Cross at the Armenian Church Youth Ministries' Center, Glendale, CA 10/24/10 Language: English (part 2 of 2) We invite you to explore epostle.net, where you’ll find similar sermons, podcasts, Bible studies, and webcasts to inspire you spiritually. Topics: Holy Communion, Witnessing, Jesus Christ, Christianity, Holy Cross
Next Step #85: Robertson blames God: A look at the absurdity of juvenile theodicy. Haitians will work for food, Conan will not work and still have food (and plenty of $Money!) What's going on here? How come Noah missed the unicorns, but picked up some bad guys on the way up to Ararat? A reading from a 1988 Sermon on the Earthquake in Armenia. Follow up on the MLK retreat at the God’s 1st church (pre-Armenia): Khrimian, Gandhi, King, Chavez and Dink all in the mix. The Proclamation from Delano... Topics: Juvenile Theodicy, Haiti, Khrimian Hayrik, Mahatma Ghandi, Cesar Chavez, Martin Luther King, Hrant...
Next Step #207 - May 24, 2012 - Beginning steps in sexual and reproductive ethics, in light of Obama's evolutionary revelation. Expressions of gay lifestyle and tolerance through the Armodox lens. Another lens points to the Eclipse of the Sun. Reflections on the Pentecost feast and the descent of the Holy Spirit. Song: "Amen. Hayr Sourp" by Vazkenian Seminarians http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vaskenian_Theological_Academy Ani's Bubbles: How much do you make? Produced by Suzie... Topics: Sexual ethics, reproductive issues, Gay lifestyle, Obama, Pentecost, Holy Spirit, Eclipse
Next Step #248: As the Lenten Season enters its second half and the toxins are removed from our lives, guest Gala Danilova of the Halo Trust, Artzakh is interviewed about removing the debris of war. In this interview, Ms. Danilova discusses humanitarian efforts to rid villages and country sides of landmines. In the discussion, we find paths for peace and understanding. This is the joining of spirit, heart and hands - a "must-listen" this Lent - Fantastic Me Ban. Anush's Pomegrante... Topics: Gala Danilova, Halo Trust, land mines, Artzakh, humanitarian effort, Lent, peace
Next Step #66: In the aftermath of making history with another electronic next step - streaming the Armenian Orthodox perspective. New models for living- finding the central point of our lives and the programming that is fed us. A letter about the prosperity gospel – watch out for the wolves in sheep’s skin! This podcast begins a three part series about the symbol of the Holy Cross - It's not something you can avoid! (nor should you want to avoid it!). Really? Who needs suffering? Part 1... Topics: electronic ministry, Armenian Orthodox, Holy Cross, suffering
Next Step #140 - February 10, 2011 - After analysis there's only one step to take: the next step to action. Did you see Jesus in the Genocide refugee camps? Warning- Do not try this at home: the heathen practices of jumping the bonfires. Sayat Nova's adventures through St. Valentine's Day and the Presentation of the Lord (Diaruntarch). Peace - hard to pronounce, maybe harder to achieve. Or maybe not? Our call to answer war with peace, as Christians and as humans. Song: "Badkirkd dalamov... Topics: Jesus Christ, Genocide, Sayat Nova, Presentation of the Lord, War and Peace
Lenten Journey Day 11. Meditation on Matthew 5 - Jesus points to something more important than God and demands that we leave God in pursuit of that harmony. Music: Park ee Partzountz by the Seminaries of the Vazkenian Monastery at Lake Sevan and Pachelbel's Canon In D Produced by Suzie Shatarevyan for Epostle.net Topics: God, Harmony, Lent
Next Step #87: Special numerical calculations for 2010 - 40 days twixt Christmas and Groundhogs, gives way to the Purification period. 40 days twixt Presentation and the End of Lent - doesn't happen, but once in a lifetime. Drop the embarrassment from Christian and Christian pastors this is about a LIVING Christ and his REVOLUTION. Follow up on the "Khrimian and Obama" lecture topped off with Superbowl wishes for a Super Sunday. Song: George Harrison's "The Inner Light" by... Topics: Groundhogs Day, Candlemas, Christmas, Lent, Jesus Christ, Revolution, Superbowl Sunday
Next Step #48: The collective and past moments in our individual lives has contributed towards our identity. Earlier this year, Fr. Vazken’s trip to Armenia initiated a discussion at Etchmiadzin, the Holy Mother See, about identity. And this week with the passing of three people, Ankine Mouradian, Jora Markarian and Rev. Fr. Vartan Dulgarian, the line is drawn between their lives and ours. Using the metaphor of the onion, we can imagine ourselves as being composed of layers, and each layer... Topics: Identity, life, death, responsibility, priorities, reconciliation, press freedom, media,...
New Response to the Armenian Genocide - "Let the Dead Bury the Dead" - Today the Armenian People Live! Fr. Vazken lays out the plan for a solid response to the most heinous crime in History. Also, a prelude to the Famine. Sermon delivered and recorded LIVE on 04/18/10 at the Armenian Church Youth Ministries Center, Glendale, CA. Language: Armenian Topics: Armenian Genocide, Crime against humanity, Famine, sermon, Armenian Church
As the Genocide escalates in Darfur, the In His Shoes mission turned its focus to more creative means of activism. This podcast is uniquely dedicated to the Darfur Genocide, but much more, it is about the faith and hope in the power of good. Here, Fr. Vazken guides the listener through an exercise in spiritual and moral warfare against evil. Complacency and indifference are constants that keep us from peace and harmony in our lives as well as on our planet. Martin King equates silence over... favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 1 reviews ) Topics: Darfur, Genocide, In His Shoes, moral imperative, action, faith, rally, Armenian Church
Next Step #165 - August 4, 2011 - In preparation of the feast of Assumption, Fr. Vazken takes a step toward understand St. Mary as a model for saying yes to Love. This is more than the story of an angel visiting the Blessed Mother of God, it's about a visit we receive daily to become ambassadors of God's Love in the world. This is prelude to the feast - part one of two. Also - thoughts on self-worth and the plight of women in the world. St. Mary opens a discussion about women's issues that... Topics: Feast of Assumption, St. Mary, Julia Roberts, Christian, Mother of God, Armodoxy
Day 18 - Some detours in life's journey take us off course and we lose our way to the ultimate destination. God gives a way to get back on track. Skip the navigator and look within. St. Nersess’ Prayer 1/24; Music: "From East to West" by Hover Chamber Choir of Armenia and "Can't Find my Way Home" by Blind Faith. Produced by Suzie Shatarevyan for epostle.net Topics: repentence, lent
Next Step #54: If words turn into wars then simple acts of understanding and respect can turn into peace. With saber-rattling in Korea and political unrest in Iran, fear takes away thoughts of peace. But if peace is the ultimate equilibrium point, how is it achieved? In my life? On earth? In this podcast Fr. Vazken takes a look at two pioneering women of the early church, St. Hripsime and St. Gayane. Unwilling to compromise their principles, they made a difference in the life and quality of... Topics: Hripsime, Gayane, Iran, Korea, War, Peace, Armenian Church, Jesus Christ, Holocaust Museum, KFI...
Christian Giving as a prelude to the feast of Assumption. On the design and power of the “Bonchig.” Delivered and recorded LIVE at the Armenian Church Youth Ministries Center, Glendale, 8 August 2010. Language: Armenian Topics: Christian Giving, Armenian Church, Sermon, Feast of Assumption, Grape Blessing
Veterans Day and seeking the positive in negativity and doubting surroundings - to accent the strength that is within. A sermon with many points. Delivered and recorded LIVE at the St. Peter Armenian Church & Youth Ministries Center, Glendale, CA on November 11, 2012 Armenian language at beginning, English language sermon begins at Minute 16:08 Produced by Suzie Shatarevyan for Epostle.net We invite you to explore Epostle.net, where you’ll find similar sermons, podcasts, Bible studies,... Topics: Veterans Day, Armenian Church, Miracle, Sermon
Lenten Journey Day 24 - Challenges for stewardship as we look at the strengths and weaknesses in our lives. Finding the strength to maximize our potential. Prayer: St. Nersess Shnorhali 10/24; Music: "Vork Zartaretzin" by the students at the Vazkenian Seminary at Lake Sevan and Oystein Sevag's "One Word of the Wise Men"; Produced by Suzie Shatarevyan for epostle.net Topics: Lent, Stregths and weaknesses, life potential
Lenten Journey Day 33 – Along the path of the fifth week of Lent, prayer, trust, faith and putting away anxiety by trusting God and expanding our faith. A meditation on Jesus' words in Matthew 6. Prayer by Alexander Solzhenitsyn; Music by Winds of Passion - Songs of the Divine Liturgy; Produced by Suzie Shatarevyan for epostle.net Topics: Lent, Prayer, Trust, Faith
Holy Week Day #3 - The Farewell Discourse, John 14, Trust in God, Make Sense of the Chaos, Understand with your Heart and wipe away confusion - Comfort for the Passion Traveler. Music: "Heru M'ertar" and "Lullaby for the Sun" by Night Ark in Wonderland; Produced by Suzie Shatarevyan for epostle.net Topics: Holy Week, Great Monday